Sukhbir Singh Badal
Sukhbir Singh Badal (born 9 July 1962) is an Indian politician who has been the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab since 2009. He is also the president of Sikh political party Shiromani Akali Dal. He is the son of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Early life and education
Sukhbir Badal was born on 9 July 1962 in Faridkot. His mother’s name is Surinder Kaur. Initially, he was educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar. He completed an M.A. Hons School in Economics from Panjab University Chandigarh from 1980 to 1984 and an M.B.A from California State University, Los Angeles in the United States.
Sukhbir Singh Badal was a member of the 11th and 12th Lok Sabha, representing Faridkot. He was Union Minister of State for Industry in Second Vajpayee Ministry during 1998 to 1999. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha during 2001 to 2004. In 2004, he was re-elected from Faridkot for 14th Lok Sabha. He became the President of Akali Dal in January 2008. A year later in January 2009, he was made the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. He was not the Member of Punjab Vidhan Sabha at that time. He resigned in July 2009, upon the completion of six-month period available for contesting elections for the assembly, during which he did not contest any elections. He was again appointed Deputy Chief Minister in August 2009 after winning by-elections from Jalalabad.
He is married to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is also a politician and presently Member of Parliament of India from Bathinda(Lok Sabha constituency) and the union food processing minister under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The couple has two daughters and a son
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